Tomillo’s internationalisation process moves forward with the second edition of the Erasmus+ mobilities aimed at team development

2023 is starting and with it, the second edition of the Erasmus+ programme – for which Fundación Tomillo is accredited for the period 2021-2027 – with the aim of promoting mobility within the Foundation’s team of professionals.

The objectives of the Erasmus+ accreditation for the period 2021-2027 are:

To expand the relationship with our network of European partners in order to continue developing Erasmus programmes involving both student and teacher mobilities.
To become a host partner for students and teaching staff from European educational centres.
To increase the positive perception of European activities and projects among the educational community.
To become a reference educational centre in terms of participation in European projects within the E2O (Second Chance Schools) network.
To contribute to increase motivation in relation to English language learning, both for students and teachers of the centre.

Although the mobilities of students have been active in the entity for ten years, the mobilities of staff started successfully last 2022.

A total of 9 workers from the organisation travelled to learn about the good practices of other European social organisations during 2022.

The destinations visited last year were:

In 2023, the mobility process will allow 11 professionals from Fundación Tomillo to share experiences of intervention in the socio-educational field with other European social entities.

The mobilities will take place during the first half of 2023.

This mobility process is part of the entity’s Internationalisation Plan. A process in which Fundación Tomillo has been working since 2021. Among the latest steps taken is the incorporation of the entity into the European network of Second Chance Schools (European Association of Second Chance Schools).

The first edition

The presentation day of the new edition also served for the colleagues participating in the Erasmus+ mobilities during the year 2022 to share experiences of their stay and encourage the rest of the team to join them.

In all cases, the stay lasted one week and included five days of work with the host entity.

Among the main lessons learned:

  • new ways of working with young people with similar characteristics to those involved in Fundación Tomillo
  • the improvement of linguistic and communicative skills
  • the increase of work motivation

“It has allowed us to learn about other ways of working in intervention and to share with other teams the good practices that we develop in Tomillo”, says Olga Sánchez-Lafuente, a technician in Socio-Labour and Vocational Guidance at Fundación Tomillo. In her case, she was one of the three professionals who visited La Cometa.

“We had the opportunity to visit ELIS in Rome. A study centre that has been collaborating with them for a long time and that specifically carries out IT training in the Rome area”, explained Laura Carranza and Inés Fernández, the two professionals from Tomillo who attended Generation Italy. “It has been an incredible opportunity to get to know other work methodologies and to be able to create alliances with different companies and countries”, they add.